Sadio Mane notched an assist in Senegal’s final warmup friendly ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, a 2-0 victory over Congo.
Having defeated Libya 2-1 in their previous friendly on Sunday, with Mane sitting out, the 24-year-old joined his international colleagues on the field against 2015’s quarter-finalists.
The Reds winger lined up alongside Lazio’s Keita Balde and Stoke City’s Mame Biram Diouf in Aliou Cisse’s 4-2-3-1 formation, which also included Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye and West Ham United defender Cheikhou Kouyate.
With Congo having failed to qualify for this year’s AFCON, Senegal quickly imposed themselves on their lesser opposition, and it took just 19 minutes for Keita to open the scoring.
This came as the result of an excellent assist from Mane, threading the ball through the Congo defence from deep to find his 21-year-old team-mate, who chipped home with his left foot on the break.
Papa Alioune Ndiaye netted Senegal’s second in the 46th minute, with Diouf providing the assist, as the Lions of Teranga waltzed to a comfortable victory.
Mane was named Man of the Match for his efforts from the right wing, in what proved to be the ideal warmup as Cisse’s side prepare for a bid for the AFCON trophy over the next four weeks.
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